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Good Design is Innovative

Dieter Rams, a German industrial designer, introduced ten principles of good design. I am going to focus on one principle in this blog post: good design is innovative. I am not a product designer, but innovation is something I work toward in my page and infographic designs as Senior Graphic Design Artist for Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Team Membersh...

A New Era in Health Data Analytics: The Key to Health Care Transformation

Health IT Needed to Transform Patient Care The provision of health services is an exceptionally data-intensive endeavor. Of course, other industries are also very data-intensive but the health care industry has notably lagged in making use of advanced information technology (IT) solutions to manage and process vast troves of data. Health care data...

Paradigms, Parents, and Podcasting

Every once in a while, you read something that really blows your hair back. Few things are better than having a moment of enlightenment – having a new idea presented to you that helps you make sense of your world in a better, simpler, way. That’s what happened to me when I came across a book from the 1960s entitled The Structure of Scientific Revo...

How Wine Tasting and the Gestalt Principles of Perception Improve My Designs

It’s rare for me to meet a Cabernet Sauvignon that I don’t like. My favorites are Cabs with backbone: big and full-bodied. I like my wines earthy (even a little herbaceous [taste and aroma of herbs]) with some tobacco flavor. And I love when the wine finishes dry. My wine preferences have matured and changed over the years (I have attended many, ma...

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act; Health IT Market Will Accelerate Across the Board

Summary of Supreme Court Ruling On June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, found that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is a tax and thus allowable under Congress’ constitutional power to levy taxes. Under the law, most people, save those who quality for exceptions based on financial or ...

Improving Efficiency by Focusing on the Customer: Asia Pacific 2012 Marketing Priorities Survey Results

Marketers continue to be faced with the imperative tofind ways to appeal to specific customer needs, keep costs down, and drive higher ROI. This focus on the customer has marketers reassessing their value propositions and customer segments—to target the “right” audience with an engaging message. However, marketers are expected to take on this task ...

Second Time Around

I once read an article in the Wall Street Journal about how writing the pilot episode of a new series is usually easier than writing the second episode, which can be an excruciating process. Maybe it’s because writers use all their good material in the first attempt, and feel a bit empty for the second go-round. I hope this isn’t the case with me ...

Pursuit of Productivity and Social Selling: 2012 APAC Sales Leadership Priorities Survey Results

This year’s survey results indicate sales executives’ 2012 challenges are shaped by their need to increase productivity. Specifically, sales executives need to pinpoint the highest-value sales activities, streamline their sales processes to match, and invest in new tools and practices for team collaboration. The other prominent challenges are enhan...

Visualize This!

Inspiration hits at the strangest times: morning walks with my greyhound, a quiet moment sipping wine, or a busy and hectic day of running errands. It turns out solutions come more easily when I stop thinking about the problem. However, a key component of my ability to visualize solutions is having an understanding of the broader view. Telling som...

Mastering the Social Media Universe

It’s always nice to have your work enjoyed and shared by others.  This is a primary reason for getting excited about my job, which is to document best practices executed by companies against a variety of challenges.  Recently we created an infographic to tell the story of our research that covers a variety of approaches to leveraging social media e...

Managing Resources and Idea Generation: 2012 Asia Pacific R&D Priorities Survey Results

The survey reveals that R&D executives in Asia Pacific are focused on challenges surrounding two topics: (1) managing the product portfolio and (2) integrating inputs from an array of sources outside of R&D. In regards to the first topic, R&D executives are struggling to generate an accurate technology map—that outlines customer needs, the current ...

Hospital Merger Mania Continues Unabated Signaling Permanent Market Shift

The New York Times recently reported news of a proposed merger between two of New York City’s largest hospital systems—New York University’s Langone Medical Center, which has 1,069 beds, and Continuum Health Partners, which includes Beth Israel and two campuses of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and has a total of 2,180 beds. (New York Hospitals Look to Combi...

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